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July 25th, 2016

Five questions for Tech football in 2016

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No wonder Louisiana Tech University football fans can’t wait for the 2016 season to get underway.
The Bulldogs’ faithful has been amped up during the last two years with 18 wins, a 13-3 record versus Conference USA opponents and two victories in bowl games.
Not to mention Top 50 rankings in various national polls and Top 25 statistical listings for players in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision.
Thus, the soon-to-unfold 2016 campaign holds promises, albeit with a different cast of potential contributors in some areas.
Here’s five questions to ask about the ’Dogs:

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July 23rd

City sponsors All Lives Matter rally

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Ruston residents have the opportunity to show their support for local law enforcement agencies and each other during an All Lives Matter rally set for 6:30 p.m. July 31 at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.
The rally is sponsored by the city of Ruston and is the idea of District 2 Alderwoman Angela Mayfield and Shonta Kelly.
“It started just looking at Facebook and the various things that are going on in country, the killings and things that are senseless,” Kelly said.

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Choudrant sets prayer event

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In an attempt to bring the Choudrant community together, Ann and Ricky Houck, will host a Prayer Rally beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Anchor Tabernacle, located at 3836 Elm Street in Choudrant.
“It was my nephew’s idea,” Ann Houck said. “He went to a prayer rally in Jonesboro and he called my husband and asked to put one on in Choudrant.”
Ann Houck said all members of the community are invited to attend the event.
“We are going to go and we have invited all of the firemen, police and military and we want to have a prayer time for them to show that we back them,” she said.

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Faces in the Community: Local conquers Kilimanjaro

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You’ll have to forgive Ruston’s Scott Pumphrey for feeling on top of the world right now, but that’s because he’s been close to just that in recent weeks.
The son of Norm and Anita Pumphrey, he celebrated his 25th birthday Saturday, five weeks after reaching the summit of Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro.
A 2014 graduate of Louisiana Tech, Pumphrey spent three years as an aviation major before deciding that wasn’t the career path he wanted to take and finished his degree in general studies before deciding on his next move in life.

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Community shows support for city police department

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Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers moves from behind his desk and picks up an inch-thick stack of mail.
“I want to show you something,” he said, setting the pile of envelopes and loose letters in front of his visitor.
The sheaf of thank-you cards from individuals and businesses across the city is only part of the outpouring of support the Ruston Police Department has received since the July 7 death of five Dallas area law officers.

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Dixie Gem Peach crowned

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Alexandra Gulino, of Shreveport, center is crowned Miss Dixie Gem Peach 2017 by Miss Dixie Gem Peach Outstanding Teen 2017 Gracie Reichman, left, and 2016 Miss Dixie Gem Peach Anna Blake, right Saturday. Meagan Crews, of Bossier City, was crowned Miss Spirit of Ruston. First runner up went to Ana Deloach, of Woodworth, and second runner up went to Caitlin Malloy, of Shreveport. Peek Monday’s edition of the Ruston Daily Leader for picture of Miss Spirit of Ruston 2017 being crowned.

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Charity group rides through Ruston

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The Journey of Hope, a cross country community service project, recently rode through Ruston. The group has been riding every summer for the past nine summers from Los Angeles, California, to Washington, D.C., raising for disability patients. Along the way, the group do friendship visits, stopping at different organizations that deal with other disabilities. Pictured are three cyclists from the group riding north on North Trenton Street turning east on East Georgia Avenue. More than 24 riders and eight crew members rode through the city.

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Community comes together for everyone

Unity. It’s a word that’s gotten considerable mileage lately as the United States collects itself in the wake of the brutal killings of police officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas.
Those incidents, along with the recent deaths of young black men during exchanges with law enforcers in Louisiana and Minnesota, have reopened national discussions about how people of all races and backgrounds can better get along with each other.
Lincoln Parish has a longstanding reputation for practicing the exact axiom that has become the new country’s new buzz phrase: All lives matter.

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Taking new journeys through writing

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 Sometimes the best part of being a writer is living vicariously through others.
That’s exactly what happened to me Friday afternoon as I interviewed Ruston’s Scott Pumphrey about his recent journey to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.
While I spent a few years living out of state — in Arkansas — my heart and soul have always belonged to Louisiana and I have no desire to ever leave my home.

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Remember our creator’s message

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We declared our independence 240 years ago.
Many now ask, “What are we coming to?” Maybe the question is “What have we become?” Either is logically followed by a simple “Why?” Perhaps I can offer my meager attempt at an answer.
I really wanted to share some thoughts with you this week other than those spurred by sadness. If one read last week’s column, I placed great emphasis on what is, in my opinion, the  sacred calling of the policeman. As those words were appearing last Sunday, another outbreak of horror was occurring in Baton Rouge.

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